Tag Archives: climbing

Friday evening is for climbing

Tonight I climbed my way out of a chimney crevassey thing on a 6b pink (bacon) climb. I am immeasurably pleased with myself (probably because measuring how pleased I am would involve numbers). I didn’t actually complete the climb, because … Continue reading

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Supernova

They still haven’t got the after-the-clocks change lighting in EICA quite right, but at least we now know that it takes six climbing instructors to change a lightbulb… Despite the gloom, I climbed well tonight, and I’m rather smugly pleased with … Continue reading

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It’s below freezing now, and my feet are cold already

The clocks only changed last weekend, but already it feels like we have moved forward a season. Tonight it was dusk by the time we were arriving at the climbing arena and full dark by the time we left to … Continue reading

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That’s a lizard in the corner

I hesitate to ever call a speed wall cute – they are impossible challenges for very, very fit people (although quite fun for the rest of us to watch). BUT, the clever route setters at EICA decided that the younger … Continue reading

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Oh yes, go me! (Totally ungrammatical, but quite excited post about climbing)

See that? It is apparently a 6b (I’m not even going to suggest questioning the grading) and I climbed it first go, clean. And I got at least three metres off the floor on the 6c next to it, although … Continue reading

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Payback

I’ve commented often enough about the paucity of the lighting in the climbing arena at Ratho, particularly at this time of year, when we have short days and cannot really climb during daylight hours at all. I may have made … Continue reading

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Is it bringing the outdoors inside or taking the indoors outside?

They are in the process of replacing the roof at Ratho: given the size and height of the arena, I presume it’s going to take some time. After all, Ratho is just a giant quarry which is pretending to be … Continue reading

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Scary biscuits

See that really really small blue drum-shaped thingy at the top of that multicoloured hold bespeckled climbing wall? That is one of EICA’s two new self-belay devices. They’ve been there since the beginning of the summer, and I’ve been watching … Continue reading

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climbing blossom

It is such a delight to take Blossom out with us – our own kids are a bit blasé about the things we do all the time, like climbing and hill walking. I suppose that’s pretty natural, they grew up being … Continue reading

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6b update

Did I mention that I am a climber extraordinaire? That 6b is done and dusted – all I have to do now is work out how to climb it elegantly rather than with brute force and ignorance (and much shouted … Continue reading

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